The Road

”When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he’d reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him”

– Cormac McCarthy, The Road

The Road (2006) is a post-apocalyptic novel by Cormac McCarthy, and a fine example of ‘literary’ sf. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2007 and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction in 2006.

The novel, written in McCarthy’s characteristic pared-down prose, tells the story of an unnamed protagonist and his young son as they journey down a desolate road in post-apocalyptic America.

”Perhaps in the world’s destruction it would be possible at last to see how it was made. Oceans, mountains. The ponderous counterspectacle of things ceasing to be. The sweeping waste, hydroptic and coldly secular. The silence.”
– Cormac McCarthy, The Road




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